Strictly Come Dancing's Anton du Beke 'gutted after not being chosen to replace Len Goodman'

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 - Professional Dancers

Strictly Come Dancing pro Anton du Beke is said to be gutted after not being chosen to replace Len Goodman.

Shirley Ballas, the British-born Ballroom and Latin dancer and international coach, was last week officially announced as the new judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

As well as replacing Len's spot on the panel, Shirley will also take over his role as Head Judge and will have the casting vote in the dance-off.

Shirley said: “I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I can’t wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel. Strictly is so loved by the British public, I have always been a massive fan. I just can’t wait!"

The BBC has also confirmed that Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will all be back this year.

According to The Sun newspaper pro dancer Anton isn't happy with the decision.

He, as well as fellow pro Brendan Cole and former pro Karen Hardy, auditioned for the role during screen tests at the Strictly studio earlier this year.

A source claimed: "Anton would never say anything negative publicly about being overlooked for the role, but he and everyone in his inner circle has been left gutted by the Beeb’s decision."

“He felt the panel needed a British bloke, a straight swap for Len. It’s a risk changing such a successful formula," the insider explained. “It’s also been said that he’s being looked down on as ‘just a dancer’ when really there’s much more to him than that.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns for its 15th series this autumn on BBC One.

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